Ariel going aerial to recreate bike stunt - The Evesham Observer

Ariel going aerial to recreate bike stunt

Evesham Editorial 10th Aug, 2019   0

A DAREDEVIL Italian will be bidding to recreate a publicity stunt last attempted 90 years ago as part of the annual meeting of Pershore Plum Festival and the Ariel Owners’ Motor Cycle Club’s (AOMCC).

A vintage Ariel motorcycle – a make once built in Selly Oak, Birmingham – will recreate a 1929 publicity stunt when a similar bike, supported on wooden floats, powered its way across the Channel and back.

AOMCC club president, Ariel Atzori who’s in his mid 70s and from Milan will be bringing the bike across Europe from his home country to attempt the dare-devil stunt on the River Avon in Pershore .

The event will take place between 2pm and 3pm on August 25 alongside the King George V Playing Fields




His bike, also dating from 1929, will sit atop replica wooden floats built by club member Ben Mitchell.

The bike will then be hoisted by a crane onto the river by staff from the Avon Navigational Trust who have worked hard to make the stunt possible.


Should the attempt prove successful, there is talk by the AOMCC of a Channel Crossing at some stage in the future.

Following this event, the AOMCC will then hold their Concours d’Elegance competition at the Plum Festival Family Fun Day in the towns’ Abbey Park – this involves the line-up of various models to be judged by specialists with festival goers voting for their favourite.

Visit www.pershoreplumfestival.org.uk for more.

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